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Should be as holy as severe;

Isab. No, none, but only a repairi’ the dark;
Patteru in himself to know,

And that I have possessid him, my niost stay
Grace to stand, and virtue go;

Can be but brief: for I have made him know,
More nor less to others paying,

I have a servant comes with me along,
Than by self-offences weighing.

That stays upon me; whose persuasionis,
Shame to him, whose cruel striking

I come about my brother.
Kills for faults of his owuliking!

Duke. 'Tis well borne up.
Twice treble shame on Angelo,

I have not yet made known to Mariana
To weed my vice, and let his grow!

A word of this. —What, ho ! within! come forth! 0, what may man within him hide,

Re-enter MARJANA.
Though angel on the outward side!

I pray you, be acquainted with this maid;
How may likeness, made in crimes,

She comes to do you good.
Making practice on the times,

Isab. I do desire the like.
Draw with idle spiders 'strings

Duke. Do you persuade yourself, that I respect you?
Most pond'rous and substantial things!

Mari. Good friar, I know you do, and have found it. Craft against vice I must apply:

Duke. Take then this your companion by the hand,
With Angelo to-night shall lie

Who hath a story ready for your ear:
His old betrothed, but despis'd;

I shall attend your leisure; but make haste!
Sodisguise shall, by the disguis'd,

The vaporous night approaches.
Pay with falsehood false exacting,

Mari, Will’t please you walk aside?
And perform an old coutracting.


Exeunt Mariana and Isabella.
Duke. O place and greatness, millions of false eyes

Are stuck upon thee! volumes of report
А ст IV.

Run with these false and most contrarious quests
SCENEI.- Aroom in Mariana's house. Upon thy doings ! thousand 'scapes of wit
Mariana discovered sitting; a boy singing.

Make thee the father of their idle dream,

And rack thee in their fancies! – Welcome! How
Take, oh take those lips away,

agreed ?
That so sweetly were forsworn;

Re-enter MARIAXA and IsabelLA.
And those eyes, the break of day,

Isab. She'll take the enterprize upou her, father,
Lights that do mislead the morn!

If you advise it.
But my kisses bring again,

Duke. It is not my consent,

bring again. But my entreaty too. Seals of love, but sealdin vain,

Isab. Little have you to say, seal'd in vain. When you

depart from him, but, soft and low, Mari. Break off thy song, and haste thee quick away;

Remember поw ту

brother! Here comes a man of comfort, whose advise

Mari. Fear me not! Hath often stilld my brawling discontent.- [Exit Boy. Duke. Nor, gentle daugther, fear you not at all : Enter Duke.

He is your husband on a pre-contract : I cry you mercy, sir; and well could wish,

To bring you thus together, ’tis no sin; You had not found me here so musical :

Sith that the justice of your title to him Let me excuse me, and believe me so,

Doth flourish the deceit. Come, let us go,
My mirth it much displeas’d, but pleas'd my woe. Our corn's to reap, for yet our tithe's to sow![Lxeunt.
Duke. 'Tis good:though music oft hath such a charm,

SCENE II.- A room in the prison.
To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.

Enter Provost and Clown.
I pray you, tell me, hath any body enquired for me here Prov. Come hither, sirrah! Can you cut off a man's
to-day? much upon this time have I promis'd here to head ?

Clo. If the man be a bachelor, sir, I can : but if he be Mari. You have not been enquired after: I have sat a married man, he is his wife's head, and I can never here all day.

cut off a woman's head. Enter ISABELLA.

Prov. Come, sir, leave me your snatches, and yield Duke. I do constantly believe you :-the time is come, me a direct answer! To-morrow morning are to die even now. I shall crave your forbearance a little; may Claudio and Barnardine: here is in our prison a combe, I will call upon you anon, for some advantage to mon executioner, who in his office lacks a helper; if yourself.

you will take it on you to assist him, it shall redeem Mari. I am always bound to you.

full (Exit. you from your gyves: if not, you shall have your Duke. Very well met, and welcome!

time of imprisonment, and your deliv erance with an What is the news from this good deputy ?

unpitied whipping; for you have been a notorious Isab. He hath a garden circummur'd with brick, bawd. Whose western side is with a vineyard back'd; Clo. Sir, I have been an unlawful bawd, time out of And to that vineyard is a planched gate,

mind; but yet I will be content to be a lawful hangman. That makes his opening with this bigger key: I would be glad to receive some instruction from my This other doth command a little door,

fellow partner. Which from the vineyard to the garden leads; Prov.What ho, Abhorson! Where's Abhorson, there? There have I made my promise to call on him,

Upon the heavy middle of the night.

Abhor. Do yon call, sir ?

. But shall you on your knowledge find this way? Pro. Sirrah, here's a fellow will help you to-morrow Isab. I have ta'en a due and wary note upon't;

in your execution: if you think it meet, compound with With whispering and most guilty diligence,

him by the year, and let him abide here with you;if not, action all of precept, he did show me

use him for the prescot, and dismiss him; he cannot The way twice o'er.

plead his estimation with you; he hath been a bawd. Duke. Are there no other tokens

Abhor. A buwd, sir? Fy upon him, he will discredit Between you'greed, concerning her observance ? our mystery!

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Prov. Goto, sir; you weigh equally; a feather will Arise to let him in; he is call'd up. turn the scale.

(Exit. Duke. Have you no countermand for Claudio yet, Clo. Pray, sir, by your good favour, (for, surely, sir, But he must die to-morrow? a good favour you have, but that you have a hanging Prov. None, sir, none. look,) do you call, sir, your occupation a mystery ? Duke. As near the dawning, provost, as it is, Abhor. Ay, sir, a mystery.

You shall hear more ere morning. Clo, Painting, sir, I have heard say, is a mystery; and Prov. Happily, your whores, sir, being members of my occupation, You something know; yet, I believe, there comes using painting, do prove my occupation a mystery: but No countermand; no such example have we: what mystery there should be in hanging, if I should Besides, upon the very siege of justice, behanged, I cannot imagine.

Lord Angelo hath to the public ear Abhor. Sir, it is a mystery.

Professid the contrary. Clo. Proof!

Enter a Messenger. Abhor. Every true man's apparel fits your thief:ifit be Duke. This is his lordship's man. too little for your thief, your true man thinks it big Prov. And here comes Claudio's pardon. enough; ifit betoo big for your thief, your thief thinks Mess. My lord hath sent you this note; and by me it little enough: so every true man's apparel fits your this further charge, that you swerve not from the thief.

smallest article ofit, neither in time, matter, or other Re-enter Provost.

circumstance. Good morrow; for, as I take it, it is alProv. Are you agreed ?

most day. Clo. Sir, I will serve him; for I do find, your hang- Prov. I shall obey him. [Exit Messenger. mau is a more penitent trade, than your bawd; he doth Duke. This is his pardon; purchas’d by such sin, oftener ask forgivenes

Aside. Prov. You, sirrah, provide your block and your axe, For which the pardoner himself is in: to-morrow four o'clock.

Hence hath offence his quick celerity, Abhor. Come on, bawd! I will instruct thee in my When it is borpe in high authority: trade; follow!

When vice makes mercy, mercy's so extended, Clo. I do desire to learn, sir; and, I hope, if you have That for the fault's love, is the offender friended.occasion to use me for your own turn, you shall find me Now, sir, what news ? yare; for truly, sir, for your kindness, lowe you a Prov. I told you: Lord Angelo, belike, thinking me good turn.

remiss in mine oflice, awakeus me with this unwonted Prov. Call hither Barnardine and Claudio !

putting on: methinks, strangely; for he hath not used
*[Exeunt Clown and Abhorson. it before.
The one has my pity, not a jot the other,

Duke. Pray you, let's hear.
Being a murderer, though he were my brother. Prov. [Reads.] Whatsoever you may hear to the

contrary, let Claudio be executed by four of the clock; Look, here's the warrant, Claudio, for thy death: and, in the afternoon, Barnardine: for my better 'Tis now dead midnight, and by eight to-morrow satisfaction, let me have Claudio's head sent me by Thou must be made immortal. Where's Barnardine? five. Let this be duly performed; with a thoughs, Claud. As fast lock'd upio sleep, as guiltless labour, that more depends on it than we must yet deliver. When it lies starkly in the traveller's bones :

Thus failnot to do your office, as you will answer it He will not wahe.

at your peril.-What say you to this, sir ? Prov. Who can do good on him?

Duke. What is that Barnardine, who is to be execuWell, go, prepare yourself. But hark, what noise? ted in the afternoon? {Knocking within. Prov. A Bohemian born; but here nursed


Heaven give your spirits comfort![Exit Claudio.) By bred: one that is a prisoner nine years old.
I hope it is some pardon,or reprieve, and by:- Duke. How came it, that the absent duke had not
For the most gentle Claudio.-Welcome, father! either deliver'd him to his liberty, or executed him?
Enter Duke.

I have heard, it was ever his manner to do so.
Duke. The best and wholesomest spirits of the night Prov. His friends still wrought reprieves for him :
Envelop you, good provost! Who call'd here of late ? and, indeed, his fact, till now in the government of
Prov. None, since the curfew rung.

lord Angelo, came not to an undoubtful proof. Duke. Not Isabel ?

Duke. Is it now apparent? Prov. No.

Prov. Must manifest, and not denied by himself. Duke. They will then, ere't be long.

Duke. Hath he borne himself penitently in prison? Prov. What comfort is for Claudio ?

How seems he to be touch'd ? Duke. There's some in hope.

Prov. A man that apprehends death no more dread-
Prov. It is a bitter deputy.

fully, but as a drunken sleep; careless, reckless, and
Duke. Not so, not so; his life is parallelld fearless of what's past, present, or to come; insensible
Even with the stroke and line of his great justico; of mortality, and desperately mortal.
He doth with holy abstinence subdue

Duke. He wants advise.
That in himself, which he spars on his power

Prov. He will hear none: he hath erermore had the To qualify in others : were he meal'd

liberty of the prison; give him leave to escape hence, With that which he corrects, then were he tyrannous; he would not: drunk many times a day, if not many But this being so, he's just.--Now are they come. - days entirely drunk. We have very often awaked him,

(Knocking within.- Provost goes out. as ifto carry him to execution, and showed him a seemThis is a gentle provost! seldom, when

ing warrant for it : it hath not mor'd him at all. The steelcd gaoler is the friend of men.

Duke. More of him anon. There is written in your How Dow? What noise? That spirit's possess’d with brow, provost, honesty and constancy: if I read it not haste,

truly, my ancient skill beguiles me; but in the boldness That wounds the unsisting postern with these strokes. of my cunning, I will lay myself in hazard. Claudio,

Provost returns, speaking to one at the door. whom here you have a warrant to execute, is no greater Prov. There he must stay, until the officer forfeit to the law, than Angelo,who hath sentenced him:

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Enter ABHORSON. cravebut four days respite; for the which you are to do Abhor. Sirrah, bring Barnardine hither! me both a present and a dangerous courtesy.

Clo. Master Barnardine!you must rise and be hang'a, Prov. Pray, sir, in what?

master Barnardine! Duke. In the delaying death.

Abhor. What, ho, Barnardine! Prov. Alack ! how may I do it? having the hour li- Barn. [Within.] A pox o’your throats! Who makes mited, and an express command, under penalty, to that noise there? What are you? deliver his head in the view of Angelo? I may make my clo. Your friends, sir; the hangman. You must be case as Claudio's, to cross this in the smallest. so good, sir, to rise and be put to death.

Duke. By the vow of mine order, I warrant you, if Barnar.[1Vithin.]Away, you rogue,away! I am sleepy.
my instructions may be your guide. Let this Barnar- Abhor. Tell him, he must awake,and that quickly too.
dine be this morning executed, and his head borne to Clo. Pray, master Barnardine, awake till you are exe-

cuted, and sleep afterwards.
Prov. Angelo hath seen them both, and will discover Abhor. Go in to him, and fetch him ont !
the favour.

Clo. He is coming, sir, he is coming; I hear his straw
Duke. O, death's a great disguiser : and you may add rustle.
to it. Shave the head, and tie the beard and say, it

Enter BARNARDINE. was the desire of the penitent to be so bared before his Abhor. Is the axe upon the block, sirrah ? death: you know the course is common. If any thing Clo. Very ready, sir. fall to you upon this, more than thanks and good for- Barnar. How now, Abhorson? what's the news with tune, by the saint whom I profess, I will plead against you? it with my life.

Abhor. Truly, sir, I would desire you to clap into
Prov. Pardon me, good father; it is against my oath. your prayers; for, look you, the warrant's come.
Duke. Were you sworn to the duke, or to the Barnar. You rogue, I have been drinking all night,

I am not fitted for't.
Prov. To him and to his substitutes.

Clo. O, the better, sir; for he that drinks all night, Duke. You will think you have made no offence, if and is hanged betimes in the morning, may sleep the the duke avouch the justice of your dealing?

sounder all the next day. Prov. But what likelihood is in that?

Enter Duke. Duke. Not a resemblance, but a certainty. Yet since Abhor. Look you,sir, here comes your ghostly father. I see you fearful, that neither my coat, integrity, nor Do we jest now, think you ? my persuasion, can with ease attempt you, I will go Duke. Sir, induced by my charity, and hearing how further, than I meant, to pluck all fears out of you. hastily you are to depart,I am come to advise you,comLook yon, sir, here is the hand and seal of the duke. fort you, and pray with you. You know the character, I doubt not; and the signet Barnar. Friar, not I: I have been drinking hard all is not strange to you.

night, and I will have more time to prepare me, or they Prov. I know them both.

shall beat out my brains with billets : I will not consent Duke. The contents of this is the return of the duke; to die this day, that's certain. you

shallanon overread it at your pleasure; where you Duke. O, sir, you must: and therefore, I beseech you, shall fiod, within these two days he will be here. This look forward on the journey you shall go. is a thing that Angelo knows not: for he this very day Barnar. I swear, I will not die to-day for any man's receives letters of strange tenor; perchance, of the persnasion. duke's death; perchance, entering into some mona- Duke. But hear you, stery; but, by chance, nothing of what is writ. I.ook, Barnar. Not a word; if you have any thing to say to the unfolding star calls up the shepherd. Put not me, come to my ward: for thence will not I to-day. yourself into amazement, how these things should be:

(Exit. all difficulties are but easy, when they are known. Call

Enter Provost.
your executioner, and off with Barnardine's head. 1 Duke. Unfit to live, or die: 0, gravel heart !
will give him a present shrift, and advise him for a bet- After him, fellows; bring him to the block!
ter place. Yet you are amazed; but this shall absolute-

[Èxeunt Abhorson and Clown. ly resolve you. Come away; it is almost clear dawn. Prov. Now, sir, how do you find the prisoner? •

[Exeunt. Duke. A creature unprepar'd, unmeet for death; SCENE III.- Another room in the same. And, to transport him in the mind he is, Enter Clown.

Were damnable. Clo.I am as well acquainted here, as I was in our house Prov. Here in the prison, father, of profession: one would think, it were mistress There died this morning of a cruel fever Over-done's own house ; for here be many of her old One Ragozine, a most notorious pirate, customers. First, here's young master Rash; he's in A man of Claudio's years; his beard, and head for a commodity of brown paper and old ginger, nine- Just of his colour: what if we do omit score and seventeen pounds; of which he made five This reprobate, till he were well inclined, marks, ready money: marry, then, ginger was not and satisfy the deputy with the visage much in request, for the old women were all dead. Of Ragozine, more like to Claudio? Then is there here one master Caper, at the suit of Duke. O, 'tis an accident that heaven provides ! master Three-pile the mercer, for some four saits of Despatch it presently; the hour draws on peach-coloured satin, which now peaches him a beg- Prefix'd by Angelo. See, this be done, Bar. Then have we here young Dizy, and young mas- And sent according to command; whiles I ter Deep-row, and master Copper-spar, and master Persuade this rude wretch willingly to die. Starve-lackey the rapier and dagger-man, and young

Prov. This shall be done, good father, presently.
Drop-heir that kill'd lusty Padding, and master Forth" But Barnardine must die this

right the tilter, and brave master Shoe-tie the great and how shall we continue Claudio,
, and wild Half-can that stabb'd Potts

, and, To save me from the danger that might come,
I think, forty more ; all great doers in var trade, and If he were known alive?
are now for the Lord's sake.

Duke. Let this be done.-Put them in secret holds,


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Both Barnardine and Claudio! Ere twice

Enter Lucio.
The sun hath made his journal greeting to

Lucio. Good even!
The under generation, you shall find

Friar, where is the provost?
Your safety manifested.

Duke. Not within, sir.
Prov. I am your free dependent.

Lucio. O, pretty Isabella, I am pale at mine heart, to
Duke. Quick, despatch,

see thine eyes so red: thou must be patient: Iam fain And send the head to Angelo !

[Exit Prov. to dine and sup with water and bran;I dare not for my Now will I write letters to Angelo.

head fill my belly; one fruitful meal would set me to't. The provost, he shall bear them,-whose contents But they say the duke will be here to-morrow. By my Shall witness to him, I am near at home

troth, Isabel, I lov'd thy brother: ifthe old fantastica And that, by great injunctions, I am bound

duke of dark corners had been at home, he had lived. To enter publicly. Him I'll desire

(Exit Isabella.
To meet me at the consecrated fount,

Duke. Sir, the duke is marvellous little beholden to
A league below the city; and from thence,

your reports; but the best is, he lives not in them.
By cold gradation and weal-balanced form,

Lucio Friar, thoukrowest not the dukeso well, as I
We shall proceed with Angelo.

do: he's a better woodman than thou takest him for.

Duke. Well, you'll answer this one day.Fare ye well !
Re-enter Provost.
Prov. Here is the head; I'll carry it myself.

Lucio. Nay, tarry; I'll go along with thee; I can tell
Duke. Convenient is it. Make a swift return;

thee pretty tales of the duke.

Duke. You have told me too many of him already, sir,
For I would commune with you of such things,
That want no ear but yours.

if they be true; if not true, none were enough.

Lucio, I was once befor
Prov. I'll make all speed.

him for getting a wench
Isab. [Within.] Peace, ho, be here!

Duke. Did yon such a thing?
Duke. The tongue of Isabel :-She's come to know,

Lucio. Yes, marry, did I : but was fain to forswear it;
If yet her brother's pardon be come hither :
But I will keep her ignorant of her good,

they would else have married me to the rotten medlar.
To make her heavenly comforts of despair,

Duke. Sir, your company is fairer than honest. Rest
When it is least expected.

Lucio. By my troth, I'll go with thee to the lane's

end : if bawdy talk ofl'end you, we'll have very little of
Isab, Ho, by your leave.

it.Nay, friar, I am a kind of bur, (shall stick. (Exeunt. Duke. Good morning to you, fair and gracious

SCENE IV.--A room in Angelo's house.

Isab. The better, given me by so holy a man.

Escal. Every letter he hath writ, hath disvouch'd
Hath yet the depnty sent my brother's pardon?

Duke. He hath releas'd him, Isabel, from the world:

Ang. In most uneven and distracted manner. His
His head is off, and sent to Angelo.

actions show much like to madness: pray heaven, his
Isab. Nay, but it is not so.

wisdom be not tainted! And why meet him at the gates, Duke. It is no other:

and re-deliver our authorities there?
Show your wisdom, daughter, in your close patience!

Escal. I guess not.
Isab. O, I will to him, and pluck out his eyes.
Duke. You shall not be admitted to his sight.

Ang. And why should we proclaim it in anshour be

fore his entering, that if any crave redress of injustice, Isab. Unhappy Claudio! Wretched Isabel!

they should exhibit their petitions in the street?
Injurious world! Most damned Angelo!

Escal. He shows his reason for that: to have a dis-
Duke. This nor hurts him, nor profits you a jot:

patch of complaints, and to deliver us from devices
Forbearit therefore; give your cause to heaven!

hereafter, which shall then have no power to stand Mark what I say: which you shall find

against us. By every syllable a faithful verity:

nay, dry your Betimes i' the morn, I'll call

Ang. Well, I beseech you, let it be proclaim'd:
The duke comes home to-morrow;

your house:
eyes ;

Give notice to such men of sort and suit,
Oneof our convent, and his confessor,

As are to meet him.
Gives me this instance, Already he hath carried

Escal. I shall, sir: fare you well!

Notice to Escalus and Angelo

Ang. Good night! -
Who do prepare to meet him at the gates,
There to give up their power. If you can, pace your And dull to all proceedings. A deflower'd maid!

This deed unshapes me quite, makes me nnpregnant,

And by an eminentbody, that enforc'd
In that good path, that I would wish it go;

The law against it!-But that her tender shame
And you shall have your bosom on this wretch,

Will not proclaim against her maiden loss,
Grace of the duke, revenges to your heart,

How might she tongue me? Yet reason dares her?--10:
And general honour.

For my authority bears a credent bulk,
Isab. I am directed by you.

That no particular scandal once can touch,
Duke. This letter then to friar Peter give;

Butitcontounds the breather. Ile should have liv'd,
'Tis that he sent me of the duke's return.

Save that his riotous youth, with dangerous sense,
Say, by this token, I desire his company
At Mariana's house to-night. Her cause, and yours, Byso receiving a dishonour'd life,

Might, in the times to come, have ta'en revenge,
I'll perfect him withal; and he shall bring you

With ransom of such shame. 'Would yet he had liv'd!
Before the duke; and to the head of Angelo

Alack, when once our grace we have forgot,
Accuse him home, and home. For my poor self,

Nothing goes right;we would,and we would not.[Exit.
I am combined by a sacred vow,
And shall be absent. Wend you with this letter :

SCENE V.-Fields without the town.
Command these fretting waters from your eyes

Enter Duke in his own habit, and Friar Peter.
With a light heart; trust not my holy order,

Duke. Theseletters at fit time deliver me!
If I pervert your course. Who's here?

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The provost knows our purpose and our plot. And given me, justice, justice, justice, justice !
The matter being afoot, keep your instruction, Duke. Relate your wrongs ! In what? By whom? Be
And hold you ever to our special drift;

Though sometimes you do blench from this to that, Ilere is lord Angelo shall give you justice;
As cause doth minister. Go, call at Flavius' house, Reveal yourself to him !
And tell him where I stay: give the like notice

Isab. O, worthy duke,
To Valentinus, Rowland, and to Crassus,

You bid me seek redemption of the devil.
And bid them bring the trumpets to the gate; Hear me yourself: for that, which I must speak,
But send me Flavius first!

Must either punish me, not being believ'd,
F. Peter. It shall be speeded well. (Exit Friar. Or wring redress from you : hear me, 0, hear me, her

Ang. My lord, her wits, I fear me, are not firm:
Duke. I thank thee, Varrius ; thou hast made good She hath been a suitor to me for her brother,

Cut off by course of justice.
Come, we will walk. There's other of our friends Isab. By course of justice!
Will greet us here anon, my gentle Varrius. (Exeunt. Ang. And she will speak most bitterly, and strange.

Isab. Most strange, but yet most truly, will I speak :
SCENE VI.-Street near the city gate. That Angelo's forsworn; is it not strange?

That Angelo's a murderer; is't not strange?
Isab. To speak so indirectly, I am loath ;

That Angelo is an adulterous thief,
I would say the truth; but to accuse him so,'

An hypocrite, a virgin violator,
That is your part: yet I'm advis'd to do it;

Is it not strange, and strange?
He says, to veil full purpose.

Duke. Nay, ten times strange.
Mari. Berul'd by him!

Isab. It is not truer, heis Angelo,
Isab. Besides, he tells me, that, if peradventure Than this is all as true, as it is strange:
He speak against me on the adverse side,

Nay, it is ten times true; for truth is truth
I should not think it strange; for’tis a physic, To the end of reckoning:
That's bitter to sweet end.

Duke. Away with her!--Poor soul,
Mari. I would, friar Peter-

She speaks this in the infirmity of sense.
Isab. O, peace! the friar is come.

Isab. O prince, I cónjure thee, as thou believ'st
Enter Friar PETER.

There is another comfort than this world,
F. Peter. Come, I have found you out a stand most fit, That thou neglect me not, with that opinion
Where you may have such vantage on the duke, That I am touch'd with madness: make not impossible
He shall not pass you. Twice have the trumpets That which but seems unlike: 'tiş not impossible,

But one, the wicked'st caitill on the ground,
The generous and gravest citizens

May seem as shy, as grave, as just, as absolute,
Have hent the gates, and very near upon

As Angelo; even so may Angelo,
The duke is ent’ring; therefore hence, away ![Exeunt. In all his dressings, characts, titles, forms,

Be an arch-villain : believe it, royal prince,

If he be less, he's nothing; but he's more,

Had I more name for badness.
SCENEI. – A public place near the city gate. Duke. By mine honesty,
Mariana, (veiled,) Ísabella, and Peter, at a distance. If she be mad, (as I believe no other,)
Enter at opposite doors, Duke, Varrius, Lords; Her madness hath the oddest frame of sense,
Angelo, Escalus, Lucio, Provost, Officers, and Such a dependency of thing on thing,

As e'er I heard in madness.
Duke. My very worthy cousin, fairly met!-

Isab. O, gracious duke,
Our old and faithful friend, we are glad to see you. Harp not on that; nor do not banish reason
Ang. and Escal. Happy return be to your royal grace! For inequality: but let your reason serve
Duke. Many and hearty thankings to you

both! To make the truth appear, where it seems hid;
We have made inquiry of you; and we hear

And hide the false, seems true!
Such goodness of your justice, that our soul

Duke. Many that are not mad,
Cannot but yield you forth to public thanks, Have, sure, more lack of reason. - What would you
Forerunning more requital.

Ang. You make my bonds still greater.

Isab. I am the sister of one Claudio,
Duke. 0, your desert speaks loud; and I should Condemn'd upon the act of fornication
wrong it,

To lose his head; condemn’d by Angelo:
To lock it in the wards of covert bosom,

I, in probation of a sisterhood,
When it deserves with characters of brass

Was sent to by my brother: one Lucio
Aforted residence,'gainst the tooth of time,

As then the messenger; –
And razure of oblivion. Give me your hand,

Lucio. That's I, an't like your grace:
And let the subject see, to make them know,

I came to her from Claudio, and

desir'd her
That outward courtesies would fain proclaim To try her gracious fortune with lord Angelo
Favours that keep within.- Come, Escalus !

For her poor brother's pardon.
You must walk by us on our other hand;-

Isab. That's he, indeed.
And good supporters are you.

Duke. You were not bid to speak.
Peter and Isabella come e forward.

Lucio. No, my good lord;
F. Peter. Now is your time; speak loud, and kneel Nor wish'd to hold my peace.
before him !

Duke. I wish you now then;
Isab. Justice, O royal duke! Vail your regard

Pray you, take note ofit: and when you have
Upon a wrong'd, I'd sain have said, a maid!

A business for yourself, pray heaven, you then
O worthy prince, dishonour not your eye

Be perfect!
By throwing it on any other object,

Lucio. I warrant your honour.
Till you have heard me in my true complaint,

Duke. The warrant's for yourself: take heed to it!

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